The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, is developing a new Mortuary and Bereavement Centre, which will provide up-to-date, safe and modern mortuary facilities and more convenient and improved facilities forbereaved relatives, friends and staff.
The new Mortuary, which will be co-located with a new Bereavement Centre within the hospital grounds, will be developed on a new on-site location which is more private for visitors. There will also be enhanced mortuary facilities and dedicated collection space for funeral directors and private ambulances.
The new Bereavement Centre will include private interview rooms, a dedicated entrance and parking. This will help provide a supportive and calming environment for bereaved relatives and friends. Matthew Lowry, Chief of Rotherham Hospital, says: “We are committed to ensuring that people and their families are treated with respect and dignity in death, whether they are in hospital or the community. The new Mortuary and Bereavement Centre will further support this commitment, as it will offer purpose-built, modern facilities in a sensitive environment that considers the needs of bereaved relatives, visitors and staff.”
The redevelopment, which is expected to complete in Autumn 2011, is part of the Trust’s Healthcare of Tomorrow (HoT) programme which is focused on improving services and facilities for patients, visitors and staff.
The HoT programme has already delivered key developments within the hospital, including a new Theatre, Theatres Admissions Unit, Workplace and Wellbeing Centre and the redevelopment of the main entrance. Formerly ‘Hospital of Tomorrow’, the new ‘Healthcare of Tomorrow’ programme reflects the recent merger with Rotherham Community Health Services and the fact that the Trust now provides services both in the hospital and the community